When we listen, we hear the stories people share that show their deeply held beliefs and the way they see the world.
– Margaret Wheatley
- Do students feel empowered to influence decision-making at your school?
- If so, do those voices represent all students at your school or just a small group?
STEPS & GUIDANCE
- Use protocols, systems, and structures for convening
- Establish group norms
- Start by giving students clear examples
- Have students add any norms or take away ones
- How do we as a group address if these norms aren’t being followed?
- Practice conversation and listening
- Use pronouns as a voluntary practice while establishing allyship
- Establish/re-establish relationships
- Ask how do we come together as a community to learners
- Give students opportunities to learn more about each others’ stories outside of their groups so they can be better advocates
- Stay curious about one another
- Conversations is the natural way for humans to think together
- It can be messy at times
- End with a closing prompt